Lessons & Units :: Genre Studies: Procedural Texts Kindergarten Unit

Lesson 3: Sequence Clue Words

Lesson Plan

Let's Make a Cake | 190L

Let's Make a Cake
Learning Goal
Identify sequence clue words in a procedural text.
Use sequence clue words to identify where the step belongs in a procedural text.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Unit Example Chart, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Let’s Make a Cake by Mary Hill, Let’s Make Tacos by Mary Hill, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that procedural texts use sequence clue words to help make the order of the steps clear. I will add this to my Characteristics of Procedural Texts Chart that I started in Lesson 1 (example provided). Sequence clue words are words that help readers know where in sequence a step belongs. They tell readers when to do something. Examples might include, “First,” “Next,” “Last,” “After,” and “Then.” I will model how to identify the sequence clue words in Let’s Make a Cake by Mary Hill and use them to put the steps in order on the board. Since this how-to book has sequence clue words, I will write the title on my chart.

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did I identify sequence clue words in a “how-to” text?" Students should respond that you looked for words that told you when or in what order to do something. You looked for words such as, “First,” “Next,” “Last,” “After,” and “Then.”

  • Guided Practice

    will read Let’s Make Tacos by Mary Hill and work together to identify the sequence clue words and the steps they are connected to in the first half of the book. We will record the title and examples of the sequence words we found on our chart and explain why these are important features of a “how-to” book.

  • Independent Practice

    will draw a line from the sequence clue words in Let’s Make Tacos to the step that they are connected to (Independent Practice Worksheet provided). You will share your worksheets with the class and explain how you know this is a “how-to,” or procedural text.

Build Student Vocabulary spices

Tier 2 Word: spices
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story “She adds spices to make the meat taste good.”
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) Spices are seasoning made from plants that have a special smell or taste. We use spices to give food more flavor. In this book, the mom added spices to make the meat taste good.
Students repeat the word Say the word spices with me: spices.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts We use different spices for different cooking projects. You might use thyme or rosemary if you’re cooking meat, but you could use vanilla bean or nutmeg if you’re baking. Cinnamon is my favorite spice. I love adding a little bit to hot chocolate; it makes the drink taste better!
Students provide examples What food might you add spices to? Start by saying, “I might add spices to________________________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? spices
Additional Vocabulary Words pieces

Build Student Background Knowledge

Before reading Let’s Make Tacos, explain that a taco is a type of food that comes from Mexico. Mexico is a country south of the United States of America border. In the United States, you often make tacos with a hard shell, just like in this book (show picture on the front cover). In Mexico, it is more common to make tacos with soft tortillas, which is a type of bread made from flour or ground corn. You can fill tacos with beef, chicken, fish, shrimp, vegetables, or cheese, and sometimes with a combination of foods.

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